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Examples of "A Clockwork Orange" Tattoos

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I love tattoos and have been writing about the topic for several years.

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The film A Clockwork Orange is one of the most controversial and brutal in film history, causing enormous uproar around the world, and threats to the producer, director, and co-writer Stanley Kubrick not only at the time of the film, but for years afterwards.

So when I found these tattoos it was amazing to think that someone would want to ink such a psychotic and brutal image as represented by the main character of the story named Alex.

Based on the title of the film, the phrase a clockwork orange refers to only being human on the outside, while being truly mechanical on the inside. In other words, whatever the main character did, he ended up having no feelings or remorse in connection to them.

Anyway, I don't want to get into the entire story, the point is that it dealt with extraordinary psychological and disturbing issues that are still considered controversial to this day.

It was even banned in Britain for a long time because some crimes by young males were purported to be influenced by the character Alex and his gang of violent criminals.

Again, I'm not sure why someone would want a tattoo of the images connected to this film and content, but even though some do, the artwork itself is extraordinary, and in that sense I really like it, without in any way approving of what it represents.

Impact of Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick

One thing for sure, Stanley Kubrick and the author of the book that the film was based on, Anthony Burgess, made an amazing impact on those who read the book and watched the film, as it dealt with deep and disturbing psychological problems that maybe were presented in far too real of a manner.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Film

An interesting aside to all this, was the popularity of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was played at a key part in the story, and people went and bought the music after they saw the show.

This is just a strange and unique part of film and pop culture history, which evidently has inspired some to ink pieces of this story on their bodies.

Redemption?

One other dark episode in the history of A Clockwork Orange is that the film never showed the character going into a redemptive stage toward the end, which would give the story a more positive and hopeful ending.

The asserted reason for this was the decision to use the American version of the book, which didn't include that ending, even though the British version did. Kubrick chose to go with the American version rather than the British.

© 2009 MakinBacon

Comments

indigo on April 09, 2012:

im getting 1!!!

betterthanyou on July 05, 2011:

Tattoo Photo Clockwork Orange shown above is Cobb from the Baseball Furies from the movie The Warriors, which is not a Kubrick movie...

jconner2002 on April 12, 2011:

The one photo is not Clockwork Orange characters it's from the Warriors

Droog451 on June 13, 2010:

Kubrick did an amazing job binging the imagery of "A Clockwork Orange" to life, and that's what makes for a great tattoo. Imagery! That said, there is a lot more going on than "teenager beats and rapes women". The fact that the majority of people focus on that aspect, as opposed to the underlying themes of both book and movie, really says something about the quality of high school, and even collage education people are receiving. Burgess uses an unconventional character as a vessel to convey more important themes such as "The Inviolability of Free Will" and "Duality as the Ultimate Reality” to list two. I guess what I'm saying is, people with out any ability to look for these types of abstract concepts, need to stick to harlequin novels and Addam Sandler movies.

karma police on December 20, 2009:

i loved the novel and the movie and i think a clockwork orange tattoos are amzing as well. and anyways if it means something to them who cares. i want a clockwork orange tattoo

fyi on September 06, 2009:

Just so you know the baseball guy is not from clockwork orange, that was a Baseball Fury from the movie "The Warriors"

alittlebitcrazy on July 05, 2009:

Tattoos, in my opinion, appeal to people who want shock value of some sort - so why not ink something that is shocking upon yourself? The movie, while contraversal, is one of the most amazing psychological thrillers of our time. Stanley Kubrick's mind is ingenius, and it's no wonder his work has inspired fans enough to permanently display some of the imagery from the movie. You've brought up some great points and images here! Thank you.

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on July 05, 2009:

Gosh, I have never heard this before, ever. Learned a lot and enjoyed reading something so far different than what I am use too.